Education Reform in American Schools Essay

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Education Reform in American Schools

Frederick Douglass was, and still is, a golden example of why education is so important to a human being’s life. Douglass spent the first part of his life in ignorance. However, his life of a seemingly endless servitude and ignorance was completely shattered by the fact that he learned to read. Once he learned to read, his life was forever changed. He escaped slavery and tyranny and became an icon even to this day.

Douglass’s story more than adequately shows that a quality education is perhaps the most important thing a person can receive in their life. Without his education, he would not have realized the shame and inadequacy his slavery, and unfortunate acceptance of that slavery, held him
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Interest groups, who are more interested in preserving their values as opposed to maintaining an exceptional education (Christian fundamentalists, for instance), that control some communities, can completely destroy any opportunity for a young mind to learn. The politics of racial injustice are hopefully completely gone, but we’re still living through a state where the races feel as though they are still there. Of course, from my perspective (the perceived subjugator), it is easy to claim the politics are not there. From the perspective of those who believe they are being subjugated, it is even easier to say it is there. They feel it.

The second problem, and possibly the most important, is a question of interest.
Are schools really condusive to American youth to learn in a stumulating way? I don’t believe so. Pubescent students are almost incapable of true learning because their minds are clouded by a hormonal fog for an enormous part of their lives. They walk around the schools nearly humming and buzzing with new and exciting thoughts they are just beginning to understand. Once those hormones have calmed and the student feels they can control them a little, there is still no difference in the way they are taught. Nearly every school is the same (Wood 9). The students go to class around eight in the morning and come home around three in the afternoon. If a student is old enough, that student will move on
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